The End of This Day's Business
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KATHARINE BURDEKIN was born in England in 1896 and, often writing under the name Murray Constantine, published more than ten novels before her death in 1963. Her dystopian novel Swastika Night (1937) was reissued by The Feminist Press in 1985.

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The End of This Day's Business

Katharine Burdekin

Afterword by Daphne Patai

In a world ruled by women, men live alone and rear boys in a cheerful atmosphere of sports, physical labor, and healthy sexuality, but without the consciousness of anxiety of knowledge of history claimed by women.

The plot of the novel, described by Choice as "a forgotten masterpiece," turns on the desire of a woman to teach her son about the past. Risking both their lives, she tells the story of the rise of fascism and the subsequent world transformation as life-loving women took over from death-loving men.

"In The End of this Day's Business, Katharine Burdekin creates a world turned round from the patriarchal world we inhabit and the nightmarish version of patriarchy she created in Swastika Night. Written in 1935, but never published before, this powerful drama is an extraordinary achievement at any time, but especially so in the wake of Hitler's growing strength. Bravo to The Feminist Press for making available this astonishing contribution to feminist utopian literature."

-Ann J. Lane, women's studies, Colgate University, and editor of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland